Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Animals from 2011

Here is a list of the wild animals that we were able to identify this year between Cincinnati and Bridger:

Bald Eagle, Barn Swallow, Beaver, Black Bear, Black/Grey Wolf, Bison, Brown Bat, Bullock’s Oriole, Bull Snake, Calliope Hummingbird, Canada Goose, Cardinal, Caterpillar, Chipmunk, Cicada (Chip), Coyote, Crow, Eastern Kingbird, Elk, Golden Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owl, Grey Catbird, Grizzly Bear, Ground Squirrel, Grouse, Hairy Woodpecker (female), Horned Toad, House Wren, Jack-a-lope, Jack Rabbit (Bunneh), Jerusalem Cricket, Loggerhead Shrike, Marmot, Meadowlark, Moose, Mouse, Mule Deer, Night Hawk, Osprey, Pine Siskin, Pinyon Jay, Prairie Dog, Prairie Falcon (with trout), Pronghorn, Rattlesnake, Red Breasted Woodpecker, Red Fox, Red Winged Blackbird, Rock Wren, Rufous Hummingbird, Savannah Sparrow, Skunk, “Speedy” Lizard, Trout (being eaten by Prairie Falcon), Turkey Vulture, White Crowned Sparrow, White Tailed Deer, Wild Turkey

Home at last

After three days of driving, we arrived back in Cincinnati last night around 10 pm. We visited Don Esker (a multi year volunteer and former Graduate Student of Dr. Storrs) at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, SD. The only problem along the way home was a single flat tire on the trailer that was quickly changed and we were back on our way. It was a successful dig season with over 150 specimens brought home. This includes several large limb bones, teeth, and many vertebra. I would like to thank the crew (Lamont, Dale, and Mike) and Dr. Storrs' children (William and Olivia) who all took time out of their summer to help at the site. Today, we unloaded the gear and fossils; ending the 12th field season.